Malaysia should dialogue with the Sultan


There’s no way the Sultan of Sulu, Jamalul Kiram, will heed President Noy’s appeal for him to order his men in Sabah to come home so  the standoff could be resolved peacefully.

“Why would the Sultan listen to the President who left him out in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)?” said a member of the Philippine intelligence community who claims he is close to Kiram.

The sultan continues to refuse Malaysia’s ultimatum for the recall of his men. The ultimatum expired yesterday (Friday).

An attack by the Malaysian police and military against the group headed by Crown Prince Agbimuddin Kiram after the deadline could  start a war against the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

MNLF chairman Nur Misuari, who is of   royal lineage, will order his followers to cross to Sabah and fight a guerrilla war.

The MNLF, composed mostly of Tausogs, waged a  decades-long war against the government until it signed a peace accord with the government during the time of President Ramos.

If MNLF guerrillas cross over to Sabah, they will be harbored by fellow Tausogs who live in the Malaysian state.

A third of the population in Sabah, according to a rough unofficial estimate, is Tausog.

The Tausogs and other Muslim tribes, like the Maguindanaoans and Maranaws, live in a feudal society where datus (village kings) rule.

The datus in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, in turn, defer to the Sulu sultan.


It would be good for Malaysia to dialogue with the sultan to prevent a guerrilla war like the one waged by the MNLF against the  government from the 1970s through the 1980s and early 1990s.

Malaysia could promise the Tausogs just about anything  to appease them.

At the outset of the talks with the Sulu sultanate, Kuala Lumpur could promise to increase the rent it pays the sultan for Sabah.

The fact that Malaysia pays rent, no matter how paltry, is evidence that the sultanate owns Sabah.


Ricardo “Dick” Penson, an independent senatorial candidate who’s not doing well in the surveys, is much more qualified than most of the frontrunners.

Penson is a multimillionaire businessman and  activist who is  against political dynasties.

He took to the hills during the martial law years but was captured and tortured by the military.

He escaped to the United States where he finished his masters in business management at the University of Cincinnati and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

After graduation, Penson worked in various American companies.

On his return to the country, he convinced some of his comrades in the New People’s Army (NPA) to come down from the hills and work for his firm.

Appointed deputy director general of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (Nica) during Cory Aquino’s time, Penson contributed to the decrease in the number of NPA rebels from 25,000 to 8,000.

He  is a partner of billionaire Ramon Ang in the construction of  an expressway linking  Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City to Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija and then to Cagayan Valley.

Penson’s marriage to actress Dina Bonnevie years ago ended in an annulment.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPVUYCML46QCAJM5N2O4GNID24 tony

    and that is why it would be better to spray nerve gas on the part of malaysia where there a lot of tausogs so a lot of them can eliminated right away …

  • archerfan

    hehehe mukhang naka deal ng payola si tulfing dito kay penson. nauto yung pobre hahaha

  • archerfan

    fact is, if not for the selfish motives and evil ways of ninoy, we should have been the occupant and true owners of sabah.  sayang!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDDM5UQ45HLPPKM66KYEBCMTCE dave

    “Why would the Sultan listen to the President who left him out in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)?” said a member of the Philippine intelligence community who claims he is close to Kiram.

    Tama! Philippines has a lots of wars in the past with Muslims. Its about time to pass it on to the Malaysians.

    • kismaytami

      Bring the war back to its supporter… the malaysians.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        Forward, March!!!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HTYDD6DRGR2YW5IOEMA2GFN3YE JUST

        Expel all the rebels to the PH.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    idol ko ang utol mong si raffy pero lately obvious na ini endorse nya si Jackie Enrile….magkano kaya?…..imposibleng  di nya alam ang pinaggagawa ni Jack noon….sayang si raffy nagagamit ng mga Enrile………

  • eirons1043

    Nur Misuari  must now be grinning from ear to ear kasi sikat na naman siya Sir Mon. I wonder why this UP alumni is not using the vaunted inteligence kuno of UP graduates in making Sulu and Tawi-Tawi a tourist spot with its white beaches 10 times more better and bigger than Aklan’s Boracay. But first his so called armed followers should have been in Sabah by now to help his boss the Sultan of Sulu as they  cannot get any help the from this very “brave” current administration. The Malaysians maybe better armed but they are so inexperience like Noy’s Cabinet so they will be like runaway chickens if the shooting starts.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VSVAD3S4PWFLPD7GOWBLI6BLRI Paulo Adams

    Penson is a dummy, and a brother of Margie Juico.  That is why he was able to corner contracts in this administration.  He still owes one contractor thousands of money years back.  Haay Mon Tulfo, you are endorsing a guy who is mata pobre.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VSVAD3S4PWFLPD7GOWBLI6BLRI Paulo Adams

    Kaya tumatakbo si Penson at may pera na binibigay si Margie P. Juico sa kanya.  Katas ng PCSO. This is a stinking state 

  • jesslink

    dapat sa column na ‘to sa entertainment page…puro chismis ang laman…bwahaha!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Hmm.. I suspect Mon might be taking something nowadays. His write ups are full of speculations, assumptions and even insinuations.

    • Noel

      That’s his trade secret.

  • Noel

    Mon Tulfo who has Japanese blood should initiate a plan to retake Japan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/53PNN2WSIQM6WLEOBGOCKQLV74 Jose

      Ha ha kakatawa ka naman eh pag yang si Mon Yakuza pala lagot ka.

      • Noel

        Dual citizen nga siya…Filipino and Japanese.  Problema kung mag-away ang Japan at Pinas…saan siya kakampi?  Buti na lang magkaibigan ngayon ang dalawang bansa.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Ibig mo sabihin Mon, Na-iyot ni Penson si Dina?

    • yonoh

       yan ata yon umubos sa pera ni dina kasi dati lumaban na rin sya……….pero natalo tapos naghwalay na sila ni dina,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hahahahahahahaha……

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheow.hou Cheow Chin Hou

    I see no sultan here. We should talk to the legitimate authority of Philippines government. Not to a commoner name’s pakcik Esmail.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

    Oy! Foreign affairs expert na si Tulfo ngayon!

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    why would malaysians in sabah choose to be part of the poor and backward philippines when they are already part of a more prosperous and advanced malaysia?

  • $14141131

    Penson must have invited Mr. Tulfo somewhere that’s why he is writing about Penson. But why is Mr. Tulfo now silent about the corrupt officials of Davao Oriental, Dayangirang, Malayaon and Nunes? 

    • go88

       because he already collected?

  • Islander

    Hmmm, sino kaya ang maglalagay kay Tulfo, ang Sultan o ang Malaysian government?  So far, balanced pa ang pusisyon ni Tulfo rito.

    It does not makes sense for Malaysia to dialogue (is that a verb?) with the Sultan.  That would only legitimize the Sultan’s action and weakens Malaysia’s strong position.  Of course, it makes all sense for the Sultan if Malaysia will be forced to talk to him.  It raises his profile.  I’m sure di mahihirapan ang Malaysia pipili sa options na yan.

  • go88

    look who’s talking …. all of sudden tulfing is concerned by allegedly ‘anti dinasty’ candidates …. him who count singson and the pinedas as his friends … no doubt this tulfing of negotiable virtue writes for whoever delivers the enveloppe … he is the p.k p.k of journalism.

  • maypakialamtayo

    nandito na naman ang mga bitter na tagasubaybay ni idol mon, basa kayo ng basa ayaw naman ninyo ang nilalaman ng binabasa nyo, asar talo kayo ano?

  • dxdaistar

    to avoid the issue of the Sabah claim, Malaysia brought the war to the Philippines via a proxy the MNLF. Now umalma ang MNLF kasi sa MILF naman sila nag-suporta. Kaya bring it on back to them MNLF…tirahin nyo ang mga magpangsamantalang Malaysia na iyan. Pag nakuha nyo ang Sabah, laking pera dyan! Karma din sa Malaysia iyan…..at makakarma din ang mga traidor sa Pinas na mga Pinoy…alam nyo na sila si ba? Now bring Guerilla Warfare to Sabah and even to Kuala Lumpur! The Indians and Chinese in Malaysia will be happy.

    • Noel

      In other words, the Malaysian government has been supporting the Muslim rebels in the south financially, politically and militarily for decades.  No wonder the problem in Mindanao cannot be solved.

  • bayankopdi

    The Claim of The Heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu should be Claimed by them and the Philippine Government should help them in anyway it can.  In short their claim is their own private property and the proof is that the Malaysian Government is paying rent to the Heirs  eversince.  The problem is simple except that the Malaysian Government doesn’t want to give Sabah back to the owners but still insist of renting it.  If the Malaysian government will attack  Sultan Jamalul Kiram that would create more problem to the present problem.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HTYDD6DRGR2YW5IOEMA2GFN3YE JUST

      EXPEL all the intruders to PH asap. Sabah belong to Sabahans and Malaysia. Not backward PH.

      • Noel

        There’s no Sabahan.  Either they’s Malaysians or Filipinos.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HTYDD6DRGR2YW5IOEMA2GFN3YE JUST

        No Sabahan?? Please wakeup. And  see news.

      • Noel

        If you’re referring to people who live in Sabah, then yes Sabahans.  Just like people in Manila called Manilans.  But we’re talking about ethnicity.  Are they Filipinos or Malaysians?  Just because they live in Sabah which Malaysia claims to be hers don’t mean they’re Malaysians.  Many there are Filipino Muslims mostly from Sulu.

      • TribuBuki

        To tell that unJUST bluntly, a slim majority of the Sabahans are of tribes related to Filipino Muslim tribes in Mindanao. 1/3 are actually Tausug, so?

  • speaksoftlylove

    Ang ganda ng political advertisement ni Tulfo kay Dick Penson na “much more qualified than any of the frontrunners.” Pero sinira lang sa huling takada na, “Penson’s marriage to Dina Bonnevie years ago ended in annulment.” Ano ba yan Tulfo, kasama pa rin sa qualifications?

    • Nagagalitna

      Public office kasi yong plan nya na pwesto eh so the public will decide at dapat din malaman ng tao kung sino yong iboboto nila.

    • tulfotumbong

      bakit sabi ni Dina ay binubugbog siya ni Dick? qualification ba din yon Mon?

    • $14141131

      Possible but the way it was presented seems more of an advertisement than a column.

  • wakats

    Mon is on his usual self again and highlighting his multimillionaire friend for whatever it may help Dick on his senatorial quest – at what cost?

    I’m wondering how a prestigious newspaper will allow one of its regular columnists to praise into high heavens a candidate who is not obligated to pay anything to the management  but probably to the columnist only.

    Just curious….. 

  • Noel

    Let’s take back Saba so that we could all be good singers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E5Q5PV6KNYNVSOCHXJVJPYUVFE cion

    If we base our political candidates qualification just because they are millionaire and influential , then that only means the Phl democracy (gov’t itself) is for sale to anyone who has money .There’s  nothing wrong with political dynasty as long as they have the experien ,educated and they  have compassion  for the less fortunate ,and not self interest which some millionaires main purpose are  to influence and control the gov’t  to their personal advantage.

    • Ravens727

      Can you tell me one member of a political clan that did not enrich himself…..?  Wake up padre or kumadre, lahat ng mga politician eh corrupt…….where do they get millions of pesos to finance their candidacy…….120 thousand and sahod ng Presidente every month X 12 = 1million 440 thousand lang a year, at 90 thousand naman ang  Senator X12=  1 million 80 thousand lang,  just imagine kung saan sila kumukuha ng ginagastos nila……Your guess is good as mine kaibigan…. 

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Perhaps, that’s what the Malaysians need…. the MNLF turning the tables on them with an insurgency in their own backyard. It was obvious that the Malaysians are exploiting the Mindanao conflict to their advantage acting like a neutral third party when they are not. Just look at the MILF weapons and the so-called Malaysian “peacekeepers” weapon, they are the same and guess where they got it from?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYYDTMYSK2VUPDWIMUDPPSVVU4 romulo

    Puro chismis ang alam mong isulat! At tinuturuan mo pa ang malaysian government na kenkoyin ang sultan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AO6VKORVP6RF3NJ2OW74M3YTXA Jojo

    watever you say the malaysian govt should sit down and talks with philippine govt along with the sulu sultanate  heirs to avoid bloodshed later on.. . period!!!

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    let us support the sultanate of sulu
    benefit from their lands in borneo

    stolen by the british

    1. malaysia to increase to $10 million per year rent
    to be used on both sides of the border

    2. bangsa moro to support the sultanate in sabah issue

    3. sovereignty issue to be set aside in the meantime
    in exchange for the commercial transaction in no. 1

    4. philippine government gives the sultanate
    the power to negotiate but
    concurrence power is reserved

    5. money in no.1 will be used for development of
    sultanate on both countries, and bangsa moro
    led and managed by the sultanate

    6. brunei as mediator

    7. dont let hegemonist intsik switik and
    u.s. imperialist take advantage of this

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3NJ4IIZZMB2OMPIOR7X2B72ME k

    penson was the same person who used dina boneive as punching bag when he was drunk.

  • Matambaka

    DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Sultan Bantilan Esmail Kiram said on Monday he was not informed that a Philippine Navy was on its way to Sabah to fetch his followers in that country.
    “Alam ko may barko. Pero sinabihan nila ako na may umalis na humanitarian boat nung nakaalis na ang barko. Ano ba yan (I know that there was a ship that left.  But they told me about the humanitarian boat after it has sailed.  What is this)?” Kiram told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.
    But Kiram said the ship would not be sailing back to the Philippines with its intended passengers. “Hindi sila sasakay sa barko dahil hindi sila aalis sa sarili nilang lupa (They will not board the ship because they will not leave their own land),” Kiram said of his followers.
    The Navy ship reportedly sailed off to Sabah on Sunday for a weeklong humanitarian mission to bring home Kiram’s followers in Lahad Datu.
    Acting Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said the ship carried with it an inter-agency team consisting of members from the Departments of Social Welfare and Development, Foreign Affairs and Health.
    Hataman said a team representing the ARMM also went to Sabah.
    Ulka Ulama, legal counsel for the heirs of Sultan Kiram, said the only way to solve the standoff would be to create a council to be called the Bilateral Executive Legislative Agreement on Sabah Affairs (BELAS) that has been “agreed (on) and reached during a Manila Accord of 1963 between President Diosdado Macapagal and Sukarno.”
    “They should negotiate first, then make this agreement. It can easily be solved by upholding the past accords,” Ulama said.
    Ulama also lashed at President Aquino for having what he called “a cold, hard heart.”
    “The president is so cold on this issue, cold on the plight of people that are real owners of Sabah, the Filipino people. It is about time for him to shine and to show to the whole world that he is indeed a champion of human rights,” Ulama said.
    Abraham Idjirani, spokesperson of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, said they would bring their concerns to US President Barack Obama to pressure Kuala Lumpur to give in to their demand.
    Idjirani cited a 1915 Kiram-Carpenter Agreement where the US government “assured the Sultan of Sulu of all nations’ full protection should a problem arise in Sabah between the Sultan of Sulu and other foreign countries.”
    “That’s the US historical obligation to us,” Idjirani said by phone.
    Idjirani also said Kiram III has not changed his directive to followers and that they would stay in the village of Tanduao in Lahad Datu town.
    “The message is clear–to live there in peace and to point their weapons to the ground,” Idjirani said.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E5Q5PV6KNYNVSOCHXJVJPYUVFE cion

      Pres Marcos and Pres Macapagal  recognized those historical issues , unfortunately this present administration is grossly misinformed and  knew nothing about it

  • go88

    hehe for tulko “dialogue” means “enveloppe” …

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Hindi talaga igagalang ng Malaysia ang Sultanate of Sulu kung pa goody gody stance sila.This time wag na silang mag pa UTO pa sa Malaysia.Sadyang pinabayaan ng Govt ang mga Moros nung araw dahil sa Mindanao conflict.
    I’m just wondering why Tulfo changed his perception towards these Tausug Moros whereas he used to spit on their heads in his columns.
    The thing I’m afraid of is he might mention again his famous father in the defunked PC.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Likas kasi sa tao walang pakialam sa tamang Rason pag malaking pera na ang usapan.Aangkinin nito maski hindi sa kanya guminhawa lang ang buhay nila.Pag nasa uwesto na ang tao,lahat ang gagawin nito ay moral at crimen na malaki kung ito’y ma question at mabatikos.

    Ano ang pinagka iba ng Malaysia sa mga Congressmen at Senators?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BLVKWQR77VJKMEZWS4GIMLGOY Edzel

    So Cory hired Ricardo Penson as NICA Head.  Communists are brought to the government during the time of Cory.  That is her legacy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D7SCP6VWAKPLCZHNTIVPQRC6LY Gibo

    Kudos to you Mr Tulfo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D7SCP6VWAKPLCZHNTIVPQRC6LY Gibo

    Looks like Sabah is mostly jungle compared to Mindanao and almost same size.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


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